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  1. My fiance and I recently purchased a home and we carry a hefty mortgage (we are in the Lower Mainland of BC). I am not yet accepted to med school and have been very hesitant applying because of all the 'what if's'. I am wondering if anyone else has been a situation where they have entered med school and taken out a LOC while also having a mortgage? My partner would still work and is currently paying most of the mortgage each month, but if I did not have income, I would need the LOC to cover half of our other bills and my own expenses. Will the banks give you a LOC with a mortgage? I am only ap
  2. I keep hearing murmuring of UBC splitting the VFMP and making a VMP and FMP out in the valley. Wondering if there are any updates or news on that out there? I am based in Chilliwack and as a non-trad with other local commitments, I would be over the moon if I there was a more local program I could apply to.
  3. GPA: 85.5% or 86.9% adjusted (mainly As though I did get a C- and a couple of C+ in ochem/chem in 2nd year). BSc in Forestry and Masters in Nat Resource Management and Planning Volunteering: Mainly sporadic volunteering in environmental related positions. I have sat as a representative on a number of university and professional associated boards for 1-2 year terms. Was a member of the executive and eventually president of of university pre-veterinary club. I have trying to be involved in local seniors volunteer roles but haven't had success in finding one. Jobs: Many jobs from stable
  4. I've seen a number of clinics in BC that are mixed or food animal that appear to hire vets on salary (ie AgWest in Abbotsford). I currently don't work in vet med at all -- any idea of expected income would be helpful
  5. Hi everyone, I've tried scouring the internet for this information but it seems difficult to find... I am interested in a career change to practice farm animal vet med (cows, horses, etc) or mixed practice but I want to get a sense of the salary expectations. I currently have a good career with great work/life balance... but its office based and I don't know if I see myself working like this forever. I would ideally be based in the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, or Vancouver Island. As well, does anyone have any tips for gaining volunteer/shadowing experience in this area? Thanks
  6. Thanks! This is very helpful. For my masters project, I created a management plan for rental housing for a First Nations community that included extensive meeting facilitation. This then led into doing several more projects for the First Nation and working with Elders on the project. I suppose that my supervisor for the work could attest to my dedication to work for the community and desire to help and make a difference.
  7. Thanks! The club was a pre-veterinary medicine club. I suppose that means I will be looking for some volunteer activities this year so that I can provide a strong reference.
  8. On the UBC website it states that 3 reference letters are required and typically include 1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 community service. Does anyone know how UBC would define community service? I am asking as I have not volunteered in a role that is obviously service to the community for an extended period of time (only one-off occasions), however I was a volunteer and president of a student club for 4 years and have done some work professionally that I would argue served the community. Any insights on who/what activities would count as community service? Thanks!
  9. Hi Folks, Still contemplating this idea. I think I will commit to writing the MCAT this spring, but I am still not sure whether a switch to medicine is something that is in mine or my family's best interest. Do you have any suggestions on what to consider when making the change? I am going to have a conversation with my partner. I am also thinking about reaching out to an old classmate that went into med and perhaps ask a doctor I see often if they would be willing to talk to me about their experience. Things I am worried about: - Debt from med school and the trade off -
  10. Thanks for that feedback! I always thought I would need more volunteering experience to have a shot, but if a good MCAT score means I have a chance, I will be applying next cycle! My partner is supportive, although understandably worried about the time and financial impact and how it would affect our ability to purchase a home. I'm not too worried, although I would like to have kids around age 30, which would be during clerkship/residency.. My reasons for going to medical school include my desire to help people and improve the lives of those in need, my interest in continued learning
  11. Hi all, I've been playing around with the idea of medical school for years and think I will apply next cycle. Looking for any thoughts on my chances and where I should improve. Highschool: took AP Bio, Chem and English and scored 5s on all. Won multiple awards in bio and chemistry. Won student of the year in grade 12. Sang in choir, played rugby and softball, worked part time at Tim Hortons, and owned my horse. Undegrad: BSc in Forest Sciences with 87.7% graduating average. continued choir and horses, not much volunteering. worked at a horse show venue every summer and du
  12. Hi everyone, I am 25 (turning 26 in March) and have just landed my 'dream' job as a community planner and I am wrapping up my masters. My job involves a lot of research, meetings, and public speaking and pays well (my career will probably top out at $110 k/year). For context, I live in BC and am a single woman I have always had medical school in the back of my mind since high school, but lacked confidence when I was younger and thought I didn't have the motor skills or social skills to be a physician. However as I have gotten older I realized I am more that capable and I really w
  13. Thanks for all the feedback! Definitely making this decision clearer. Perhaps I will email them about the AP credit. I'm thinking about volunteering with Sheway.. does anyone have any experience there or have any other groups they recommend? I have scattered volunteer experience, but would really like some where I get to connect with people.
  14. Ok another question.. For the electives/clerkships, do you NEED to go to a different city/hospital? Or could I take all my electives in Prince George and the surrounding area? How long are the electives/clerkships? When you become a resident, how likely is it to find a placement in Prince George if you did the NMP? Or would I have to be open to moving? I am interested in FM and a +1 specialty, possibly emergency or dermatology
  15. Thanks! You've definitely encouraged me to at least give it a shot. I don't know if anyone can answer this.. but although my overall average is quite high, I got 57% in OChem, 64% in Biochem and 64% in Inorganic Chem.. considering these courses are some of the most important for med, do you think UBC would see that and take it into consideration? I could have done better in these courses but had a lack of motivation and personal things going on during that year of school. I'm hoping that it wont matter that my grades in the heavy science classes are not as high as I would like.
  16. I'm considering going to medical school with intention of becoming a family doctor in a rural or semi-rural area in BC (ie Prince George/Kamloops). I have not shadowed a GP so I was hoping someone on here could speak to the realities of being a GP. Does it ever get boring or is there opportunity for continuous learning? If I had a family and only wanted to work 3 days a week, could I do that? And how much would I expect to make? What does your average day look like? Is it easy to pick up and move to a different town? Any other bits if advice/reality you can give me would be much app
  17. Hi all, I'm new here but I wanted to get a few opinions on what a good plan of action would be. Currently, I'm 23 yo and in a graduate program at SFU in natural resource management and planning. I've always pondered the idea of medical school and I know I could be a successful physician. I'm mostly interested in being a GP and working in a semi rural area. I wouldn't describe medicine as my passion, but I enjoy problem solving and helping people and I really value job security, flexibility, and growth. My s/o is about to begin his career in Prince George, BC and my degree lends itself to th
  18. I'm going to start studying for the MCAT and I'm looking at finding some prep books off craigslist I found two possibilities nearby, but unsure what would be better i) Kaplan Updated MCAT 7-Book Subject Review and online tools ii) or all of this: FULL BOOKS Exam Krackers - all new in very good condition * 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning (A HUGELY helpful book! A must-have even for adept readers) * 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics * 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry * 1001 Questions in MCAT Organic Chemistry * MCAT Physics * MCAT Organic Chemistry * Kaplan MCAT Advanced 2
  19. Hi All This is pretty much my opportunity to get my thoughts 'on paper' and I would appreciate any advice you have to give as well! I have always considered medicine as a career option and I have no doubt I would be an excellent med-student and a pretty good doctor as well. However, I wouldn't describe medicine as my passion and although I have kept the med-school door open, I've been following a different path. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in forest sciences and I've worked a field forestry job, a food quality control lab job, and now I am finishing up a internship with the p
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